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Small Animal Basic and Intermediate Ultrasound, April 26-27, 2014

Continuing Education


This course is now FULL and no new registrations are being accepted. Thank you for your interest in this course!

Registration fees:
Basic & Intermediate courses combo: $1200 (14 CE hours)
Basic course only: $650 (7 CE hours)

Course fees includes continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, and instructional materials.

Full attendance at your registered session(s) is required to receive total CE credits.

Course Sponsors

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, Choice Medical Systems, Inc. and Core Imaging.

Course Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, March 28, 2014. No refunds will be issued thereafter. If a course is cancelled for any reason, the College of Veterinary Medicine will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.


Small Animal Basic Abdominal Ultrasound Course
April 26, 2014

Basic ultrasound physics, image optimization, patient preparation, recognition of sonographic artifacts, basic scanning techniques and systematic evaluation of the liver, spleen, kidneys and urogenital tract.

Download the Basic Ultrasound course description and tentative agenda as a PDF.


  1. To provide fundamental knowledge and training related to small animal abdominal ultrasonography.
  2. To provide participants with a foundation of practical knowledge and technical skills required for performing basic small animal abdominal ultrasonography.
  3. This course is for practitioners with no ultrasound experience.

Small Animal Intermediate Abdominal Ultrasound Course
April 27, 2014

This course is only open to practitioners who have successfully completed the UGA Basic Abdominal Ultrasound Course, Apr. 26, 2014.

Download the Intermediate Ultrasound course description and tentative agenda as a PDF.


To master the skills learned in the Basic course and to apply those skills in recognizing small structures, the different segments of the gastrointestinal tract and identification of vascular landmarks. Equipment selection and expertise required to evaluate small structures will be discussed. Identification of regions of interest will be emphasized.

Course content

Review of image optimization, patient preparation, recognition of sonographic artifacts and basic scanning techniques. The participant will learn how to:

  • identify a region of interest based on anatomic landmarks.
  • "follow" a tubular structure (vessel or intestinal segment) that functions as road map to region of small structures. Focus will be on identification and evaluation of the pancreas (right, left limb and body), adrenal glands, and lymph nodes.
  • use vascular landmarks (aorta, caudal vena cava, portal vein, renal artery, celiac and cranial mesenteric arteries) to find these structures.
  • differentiate different parts of the gastrointestinal tract based on anatomic location, wall thickness and layering.


Each ultrasound group will be comprised of 3-4 participants with a coach assigned to each group. All participants will attend the classroom sessions together, then break into individual groups out to do the scanning with their respective coach. Each group will rotate to a different station to gain experience with the different ultrasound units available. Coaches will circulate around the room.

Each session has a specific learning objective or objectives. This will allow the student to master each step as they proceed through the course. However, earlier session objectives can and should be practiced throughout the day.


All sessions are held at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Please use the ramp entrance to the main Vet Med building. Follow the directions here or contact Melissa Kilpatrick at

Hotel Accommodations

The UGA Hotel (at the Georgia Center) book your room online!
Located on campus, just down the street from the College.
Block Code for special rate: USAPR2014
Rate: $99

Holiday Inn — Book your room online now!
Located adjacent to campus, about a mile from the College. Free shuttle service available to the College of Veterinary Medicine (if requested at check-in).
Rate: $94
Block Code for special rate is: UVU.

Additional Information

Please review our calendar page for travel and parking information, as well as details about our conference policies.


For further information about this and other continuing education opportunities, contact Melissa Kilpatrick, Continuing Education: 706.542.1451 or

This page was last updated on January 15, 2014.